A pregnant Muslim woman was verbally assaulted on a London bus, and the video is horrifying. The defendant, identified as Simone Joseph, yells for almost five minutes at a group of Muslim women, including the pregnant Hanane Yakoubi, all while Joseph's two-year-old daughter is in the stroller right next to her. Among other things, she tells them to "go back to [their] country" and to "go home and make a bomb," and she accuses them of polygamy. She calls them "dirty people," "ISIS b*tches," "sandrat b*tches," and "devils." She also threatens to kick Yakoubi in the stomach so she'll "never have children again." If all of that awfulness doesn't baffle you enough, she then starts filming them (?), instead of the other way around. The bus driver repeatedly tries to calm her down, but to no avail.
Joseph handed herself into the police three days later, after the video went viral. She pleaded guilty to "causing racially aggravated distress" and was released on bail. She'll be sentenced on November 13th. She was seen leaving the courtroom in tears.
Yakoubi's lawyer confirmed that the attack came from absolutely nowhere. This also isn't the first time it's happened to her — according to Yakoubi:
Every time I go out I’m afraid I might find myself in this situation as something similar has happened on a bus on another occasion because I am Muslim.
Joseph is supposedly apologetic, according to her lawyer:
She apologises for the hurt and distress caused to the persons on the receiving end of her behaviour. She recognises this was totally unacceptable and it was totally out of character.
She is appalled, shocked and disgusted by what happened on that day. She wants to convey her regret to the victims.
She didn't seem so apologetic to the police, though:
Joseph told police it was a “lapse” and had been “taken out of context”.
See? It was just a lapse that the media is misconstruing. Don't tell me you've never accidentally gone on a five-minute long expletive-filled hate speech to a total stranger for no reason. Come on. We're all human.